Last October, when I shared my technique for creating custom door magnets to decorate the stateroom doors, I included a few simple rules to follow. The most important rule was to not use any adhesives on the door. Earlier today, I saw a report on CruiseCritic.com via WDWInfo.com regarding a policy change across the fleet that was worth mentioning.
According to Disney Cruise Line, magnets are still permitted. In fact, they are “thrilled that so many guests choose to express their pride and enthusiasm for Disney Cruise Line by decorating their doors aboard our ships with magnetic decorations.”
The change in policy is primarily focused on the various types of adhesives guests have been using to decorate stateroom doors. Tape has always been prohibited; but now the policy is expanded to specifically prohibit the use of gel-like decorations and other cling like decorations. This also includes those removable 3M Command hooks that I had noticed people using to hang Christmas wreaths on the doors last December.
Additionally, the use of over-the-door hanging organizers, which are often used to create additional storage space inside the stateroom, are now prohibited. Disney states that these have been known to damage the doors.
Passengers found with damage to their stateroom doors as a result of adhesives or over the door storage organizers will be charged $100 per incident to cover the cost of any necessary repairs.
Bottom line, if you think your decorations may do some damage, error on the side of caution and do not use them.
I am very sad to hear about the over the door organizers. I use mine on every cruise. Do you think we could get away with it if instead of using the hooks that are over the door, we use magnetic hooks to hold it up? I would think this would suffice since it wouldn’t cause any damage to the top of the door. And then it would become a door organizer, not an “over the door” organizer ;).
In theory magnetic hooks would work as long as the would not scratch the paint in the door. I’m not saying it is ok, but it would be something to inquire about with guest services when you board. At the very least you could seek permission ahead if time.
We hang ours in the closet.
Sounds like we will need to inspect the walls and doors when we first board to avoid being being charged for damage done by prior cruisers. We learned the hard way to check that the laundry bag and all wave phones are in place too.
I was wondering if you could me where you got the letters with the characters to create your name magnets?
I added a screenshot of the layered Photoshop file to the original article.
So I have purchased Disney’s giant wall decals that specifically state they are “removable, repositionable, reusable with no damage to the surface and no sticky residue.” Not permitted?
Jo, I have noticed those in use on the ships by other guests. However, they would be considered cling like decorations and would go against the policy. It would be up to you to make the decision to use them.
I have heard of people attaching the hanging organizers to hangers with pipe cleaners or zip ties and using one of the hooks provided in the stateroom, or the magnetic hooks….. I have also heard a lot of people glue on thin felt pads to the bottom of the really powerful magnets to prevent any scratches to paint…. Hopefully useful ideas- we go on our first Disney cruise in January, and it is our first cruise in many years, I had never seen/heard of door decor on any of our previous non-disney cruises! (must be a fairly “new” thing!!!)
It’s a Disney Cruise thing. I haven’t seen it on other cruises. It’s nice for the kids to personalize the door. Our agent sent us personalized magnets for our room as well.
Hi All! When we took our teens on a Reward Cruise for good deeds. We were provided with a magnet draw board for each room! Our Wal-Mart at one time had Disney Magnets that we took on our 2014 Cruise and decorated the doors. We also decorated the doors for Halloween Cruise 2015.
Smooth Sailing with Disney ~ Marta